RBC Dain Rauscher is the home of bad investment advice. They have done nothing but LOSE MONEY for their clients while extracting high fees for themselves. I would know, I used to work there.
Working there, all you ever heard was, "how much money will I make if I sell this to my client?" It is all about selling investments to gullible people to make a huge commission. Most people don't realize just how much money a broker and the firm makes when an investment is sold to an unsuspecting client. Depending on how a transaction is done, a $100,000 investment in a mutual fund can result in a $4000 commission to the rep and the firm! This amount of money is a powerful incentive to act against a client's best interests. And trust me, it happens every day.
There are many ways a broker can increase his income by selling you certain investments. Remember, in the end, it is the client that pays all the high fees. A 4.25% front-end load on a mutual fund means a 4% commission for the firm. I've seen a lot of people lose a lot of money due to this company's bad investment advice. I've seen many clients lose close to half their life savings! And I've also seen this company engage in behavior solely to generate high commissions. Working there, I heard a number of rumors as well about the company having to talk clients out of surrendering their investments because it would have led to huge commission chargebacks from outside investment managers.
STAY AWAY FROM RBC DAIN RAUSCHER! YOU WILL BE SORRY IF YOU INVEST WITH THIS COMPANY! TRUST ME. I KNOW!
St. Paul, Minnesota